3/5/2012 8:39:06 AM
McIlroy becomes the second-youngest world No. 1, behind Woods, and is the
first player from Northern Ireland to top the rankings. McIlroy's win at PGA
National was his third on the PGA Tour, to go along with three on the European
In four worldwide starts this season, the reigning U.S. Open champion has a
win, two seconds and a tie for fifth. He has finished outside the top five
just once in his last 10 combined starts on the European or PGA Tours.
With McIlroy's move to the top of the rankings, Luke Donald was knocked down
to No. 2. He was followed by Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Steve Stricker and
Jason Day jumped three to No. 7, Dustin Johnson slipped one to eighth and
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel climbed three to No. 9 after sharing fifth
at The Honda Classic.
Mahan slid one to 10, Adam Scott tumbled three to 11th and Phil Mickelson
dipped one to 12th. Bill Haas, Matt Kuchar and Graeme McDowell remained in the
13th to 15th spots, respectively.
Woods improved five notches to 16, while Nick Watney, Sergio Garcia and Brandt
Snedeker all dropped one spot. PGA Champion Keegan Bradley held steady at No.
20 and K.J. Choi fell two to No. 21.
Tom Gillis, who shared second with Woods, improved 107 spots to No. 157.